Drains & Septic


Almost every household has at least one drain that experiences problems with clogging or odors.

Sink and shower drains in the bathroom top the list as do kitchen sinks. In the bath, drains are subject to a build-up of soap-scum, shaving cream, and oils. These sticky residues attach to pipe surfaces and then attract other substances like hair. Over time this layer of gunk builds up thicker and thicker, slowing the flow of water which compounds the problem. Since the build-up is a slow process, it often goes unnoticed until catastrophic failure occurs and the drain ceases to work. Or this material can slough off and create clogs further downstream, eventually blocking off more drains.

In the kitchen the same process occurs but oil and grease are the usual suspects that initiate the process. Then food particles attach to this sticky residue and the build-up starts. Garbage disposal can exasperate the problem as they can emit a large amount of food wastes in a short period of time. Large amounts of food wastes decay rather rapidly and therefore kitchen drains are more susceptible to odor issues.

Once clogs form, they can be difficult to remove. As a rule of thumb, the longer it takes a clog to develop, the harder it is to remove. Homeowners usually resort to dangerous, corrosive, caustic drain opening chemicals to open up these clogs. Or worse, they will pour very hot or boiling water down the offending drain, hoping to melt the grease and open up the clog. This may work but what this actually does is move the clog further downstream. As the water cools, the grease re-deposits on the drainpipe surface. Usually this occurs in a relatively short distance. So over time the drain problem becomes a major event requiring mechanical removal by auger or worse, by digging up the line and replacing it.

United-Tech offers two products that are used to open up clogs in drainlines and preferably, prevent them from happening. BZT® Drain & Septic is the product of choice for most consumer applications. The microorganisms and enzymes in this product break up and digest organic matter. This process opens up clogs formed by oils grease, food wastes, and similar. Once clogs are removed, we suggest that problem drainlines receive routine monthly treatment to keep them open and odor free.

Septic Systems

Septic systems are very efficient, on-site, wastewater treatment systems.

These systems treat wastewater and discharge their effluent into the ground where normal soil biological processes clean the water and make it available to plants and aquafersA septic system is divided into two parts, the tank and the drainfield. The tank’s primary job is to receive wastewater and hold it, allowing it to be slowly discharged into the drainfield. It also hold solids for a longer period of time allowing them to break down if they can or settle on the bottom if they cannot. Since it can hold the wastewater for a few days, it also serves as a biological degradation system where natural microorganisms start to break down the organic wastes before entering the drainfield. The drainfield’s job is to disseminate the wastewater slowly over a large area of soil. This allows the wastewater to percolate into the soil where the natural microorganisms can break down the wastes and clean the water.

If used beyond their capacity, septic tanks can accumulate solids. The fuller the tank gets, the less time it has to allow wastes to break down, meaning solids build up even faster. Eventually the tank fails to do its job and solids can get into the drainfield and clog up the drainlines. This creates a backflow into the house and a huge mess. Another common problem is that drainfields can get clogged as they receive more load than they can handle. All this matter clogs soil pores and eventually the drainfield lines. This becomes evident as soggy soil or even ponding in the drainfield because water can no longer percolate down into the soil.

To alleviate this problem, homeowners have a few choices. 1. They can routinely pump their tanks, emptying the solids before they create problems. 2. They can reduce the amount of water and wastes entering the tank. 3. They can dig up and replace the drainfield. A fourth option is to improve the biological function of the tank and the drainfield. This is done by adding a biologically-based product like BZT® Drain & Septic. BZT® Drain & Septic’s all-natural, environmentally-safe microorganisms and enzymes break down organic solids that are responsible for most issues that plague septic tanks and drainfields.

Once clear and operating well, monthly use of BZT® Drain & Septic keeps your drain and septic system running smoothly. It minimizes the need for routine tank pumping and keeps the drainfield open and performing optimally.

For serious septic system problems we may recommend BZT® Waste Digester. This industrial strength product will aggressively attack solids. BZT® Waste Digester is used to restore failed drainfields or in situations where a septic system is too small to handle the waste load it is receiving and replacing the system is not feasible. For these situations, a consultation with United-Tech personnel is warranted to fully assess the situation and design a treatment protocol tailored to meet the exact system parameters and desired goals.